Articles worth reading
Image : Brand Finance announces Vietnam’s top 50 brands

Brand Finance announces Vietnam’s top 50 brands

person Orange Themes access_time Sep 16,2016

The list of 50 most valuable brands on Vietnam’s stock market was released by the UK-based Brand Finance in Hanoi on September 15.

Image : Down Ticket #22: Confident of a White House win, Clinton & Co. push to expand the down-ballot map

Down Ticket #22: Confident of a White House win, Clinton & Co. push to expand the down-ballot map

person Orange Themes access_time Oct 21,2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, accompanied by Campaign Manager Robby Mook, left, and traveling press secretary Nick Merrill, right, smiles as she speaks with members of the media aboard her campaign plane at McCarran

Image : Six die in fire at Malaysian hospital

Six die in fire at Malaysian hospital

person Orange Themes access_time Oct 25,2016

Seven people were trapped by the fire inside the second-floor intensive-care unit of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru, bordering Singapore, the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department said on its official Twitter account. It was unclear what

Latest blog articles

20,000 leagues beneath the ice

access_time Mar 18,2017 chat_bubble_outline 43 views

I couldn’t be more excited about the chance to lug around some heavy equipment. Technically, I’m a dive tender for the day, but it’s really like golf caddying minus the putting tips. This manual labor is actually doled out as a “boondoggle” – a form of work-recreation those of us employed at McMurdo Station in Antarctica can do as a respite from our normal jobs (I’m usually a cook).

That’s why I find myself – on my one day off a week – squatting next to a hole drilled in ice that is eight feet thick. I’ve blackened the windows to our wooden dive shack to keep out the 24-hour sun, leaving only the cobalt sea beckoning below. The harmonic sounds of Weddell seals penetrate the thick ice. Each year, a half-dozen or more underwater research projects come through the dive program here in McMurdo Sound in Antarctica. Some diving is done on the far side of the continent at a tiny US research base, Palmer Station.

But McMurdo is a mecca for polar diving. In fact, a significant part of what we know about underwater life in Antarctica comes from within a two-hour driving radius of the McMurdo Station research base. And almost all of the breathtaking documentary footage you’ll ever see captured below the sea ice – which remains here for more than 10 months a year – is shot from this area.

Are you scientifically literate? Take our quiz[/url]" data-reactid="8">Recommended: Are you scientifically literate? Take our quiz

Today I’m following a research team testing high-tech rebreathers. By recycling the oxygen in a closed-circuit system, these slim alternatives to bulky air tanks eliminate the air bubbles that divers normally produce when they exhale. It makes it easier to study the ice overhead.

Jeff Bozanic, a diver on the team, says the equipment has come a long way since he first dived here in 1989. “I used to end my dives crying, it was so uncomfortable,” he says. “Yet you had people coming back each year. Now we have better insulating garments, better glove systems, even electric heating systems.”

On another day, I visit the Crary Science and Engineering Center, which houses a flow-through aquarium where divers can bring back live specimens for experiments. Caitlin Shishido, a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is flipping orange sea spiders in a tank and measuring how they react to rising temperatures.

The creatures are found all over the world. They’re usually the size of a dime, but here in the cold, oxygen-rich water, they’ve grown to the size of a human hand. Her team has been studying this bizarre phenomenon for the past decade. Like canaries in a coal mine, invertebrates here can help scientists understand what rising temperatures and increasing acidification may mean for life in the world’s oceans.

On my last day, I drop by the dive shack to say goodbye to Rob Robbins, the program supervisor, who’s clocked 2,094 dives in a 20-year career here. After a while, I would assume that it becomes just another day at the office. But before every dive, while sitting on the edge of a hole, he says he finds himself thinking, “Wow, I get to jump in this water.”

Yet unlocking this hidden world comes at a price. You have to cope with working in an icy crypt with only one tiny escape hole. “Since we’re diving under a ceiling [of ice], it’s claustrophobic, and plenty of people really don’t like that,” says Mr. Robbins. He’s seen everything from tiny nudibranchs to giant octopuses to sea sponges the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. “There is simply not a dive I’ve made that I’ve taken for granted,” says Robbins.

Related stories

  • Are you scientifically literate? Take our quiz
  • Cover Story
    Letter from Antarctica
  • Why Antarctica is Earth's petri dish

Read this story at csmonitor.com

Become a part of the Monitor community

  • Become a Facebook fan!
  • Follow us on Twitter!
  • Follow us on Google+
  • Link up with us!
  • Subscribe to our RSS feeds!
German prosecutors confirm probe targeting VW's chairman

Hans Dieter Poetsch, chairman of the Volkswagen AG supervisory board, addresses a news conference at the headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Hannibal HanschkeHAMBURG (Reuters) - German prosecutors confirmed on Monday they are investigating Volkswagen AG's supervisory board chairman over suspected market manipulation, in another blow to efforts to contain fallout from the automaker's diesel emissions scandal.New questions also arose over findings by U.S. regulators about… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Australia whitewash Pakistan with Sydney Test win

Australia clinched a series clean sweep with an emphatic 220-run win over Pakistan in the third Test in Sydney on Saturday.The tourists were all out shortly before tea on the final day for 244 chasing 465 runs with paceman Josh Hazlewood and spinner Steve O'Keefe both snaring three wickets.Pakistan's hopes of holding out for a draw evaporated with the dismissals of leading series runscorer Azhar Ali and veteran Younis Khan before lunch.Wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed topscored with a fighting… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

WATCH: George Lopez Calls a Woman a 'Bitch' After She Didn't Like His Joke

Read on the original site chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Audit finds giant holes in Vietnam's local budgets

Read on the original site chat_bubble_outline Read More...

Medium’s “Renewed Focus” Left Some Publishers In The Dark

[img]https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2017-01/6/13/asset/buzzfeed-prod-web-10/sub-buzz-7952-1483725996-1.png" class="bf_dom image not-graphic-image js-image js-not-graphic " rel:bf_bucket="progload" width="989" height="497" alt="" /> View this image › Via Medium Like most of its publishers, Kelley Calkins learned of Medium’s decision to lay off staff and upend its ad business via a blog post, with no advance warning.But unlike the rest of Medium’s publishers, Calkins was — at… chat_bubble_outline Read More...

folder_open Assigned tags

Comments

Loading...

Trends in Singapore

Trends in Indonesia

Trends in Philippin